Mechanized Equipment Development Director

D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California, a ninety-five year old, rapidly growing Salinas based agricultural company, is looking for a Mechanized Equipment Development Director to join an enthusiastic team. We are one of the largest vegetable grower, packer and shippers, and we offer opportunities with excellent benefits and compensation.

Andy Boy has a rich history as an industry trend-setter, not a follower. From the day the company was founded by Stephen and Andrew D’Arrigo, two immigrants from Messina, Sicily, innovation has been its hallmark. With third generation D’Arrigo family members at the helm of our West Coast operations, you can be sure that the traditions of being the very best in the business emanate from the top and are carried out by our dedicated family of almost 2000 employees. Would you like to join this team?

DUTIES – Lead a small department engaged in developing new harvesting equipment, which either reduces the dependency on farm labor, or makes the work more attractive to the farm labor already employed. Reports to the Vice President, Northern District.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, build and field test prototypes
  • Manage design contracts with custom machine builders
  • Prioritize and organize the activities of the department in the face of conflicting demands and limited resources.
  • Evaluate alternatives, perform appropriate cost benefit analysis and recommend solutions to minimize costs of equipment and service agreements.
  • Recruit, train and manage technicians and engineering personnel
  • Plan work schedules and assign duties to maintain adequate staff for effective performance of activities and response to fluctuating workloads
  • Coordinate with upper management on work issues

Qualifications:

  • 5 years’ experience in a related field
  • BS in Engineering in Mechanical, Mechatronics, Agricultural, Biological Systems
  • Excellent technical writing and documentation skills
  • Hands on exposure to agricultural harvesting equipment…know how to design for tough field conditions (year round harvest)
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people including field harvest personnel
  • An organized team player with good communication skills and a positive attitude
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of software products including: Microsoft desktop products, CAD modeling (preferably Solid Works), Motion or automation control software, Linux, Python.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds out in the field
  • Must be able to walk through a vegetable field on uneven surfaces, climb up and down noisy harvesting equipment, and use both hands to perform various tasks and be willing to do so in inclement weather conditions (including wind, dust, rain, heat, cold)
  • Must be willing and able to gather machine data in the field
  • Must be willing to spend extended periods of up to three weeks in Yuma, AZ or Brawley, CA
  • Strong analysis skills with a desire to learn new technology
  • Strong mechanical design skills
  • Valid driver’s license and clean record
  • Work schedule will include occasional long hours including weekends and some holidays

Preferred:

  • Past experience as principle designer of complete machine systems.
  • Self-motivated, creative, ability to efficiently process data.
  • Prior experience with agriculture.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English.